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Congressman seeks to have Rudolph Giuliani disbarred over attempts to overturn election

by Kim Bellware | Story Source    Wednesday December 23, 2020 - 4:57 AM
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In the three weeks since Election Day, Rudolph W. Giuliani has waged a prodigiously unsuccessful legal fight on behalf of President Trump's campaign to overturn the election results. Giuliani's bizarre news conferences and literal meltdown became fodder for late-night talk show hosts, while his even more bizarre legal arguments have prompted federal judges to unleash withering rebukes.

Giuliani and the rest of the efforts of the Trump campaign's legal team won't shift the election results in the president's favor, but legal ethicists such as Scott Cummings of the UCLA School of Law do not view the former New York mayor as harmless.

"People are emailing me saying this is comical, and I'd say it would be comical if it weren't so dangerous," Cummings told The Washington Post on Monday in reference to Giuliani's actions on Trump's behalf. "We're living through this moment where actions that should have consequences don't seem to — at least not in a way we would have predicted in the past — and that erodes trust in the system."

Trump and, to a lesser extent, those in his orbit have a track record of eluding consequences for violating democratic and political norms. And although a legal reckoning may still await Trump outside the White House, one congressional Democrat in New Jersey is pushing for lawyers such as Giuliani, who have enabled the president, to face swift and severe professional sanctions.

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) filed complaints on Friday in five states against Giuliani and 22 other lawyers working with the Trump campaign, calling for them to be stripped of their law licenses for filing "frivolous" lawsuits and allegedly engaging in "conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation."

Donald Trump has done great damage to this nation — but he has always had helpers. These lawyers are enabling his treachery and harming our democracy," Pascrell told The Post through a spokesperson Monday. He called the campaign legal team's effort to overturn election results with frivolous lawsuits "misconduct and an affront to the rule of law."

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